G20 summit 2022 live: host nation Indonesia says world must not fall into 'another cold war'

Indonesia's president says the world "shouldn't fall into another cold war"

President Joko Widodo had called for unity at the opening of the G20 summit, and said that the leaders gathered must not let the world fall into another cold war.

His statement is likely to be interpreted as a comment on the impact Russia's war in Ukraine will have on the wider global economy.

Without referring directly to the war in Ukraine, he said that if the war did not end, it would be difficult for the world to move forward.

Indonesia has tried its best to bridge the very wide differences. We have no other choice, collaboration is urgently needed.

French President Emmanuel Macron met Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Tuesday morning, and called for Paris and Beijing to unite against the war in Ukraine.

On the sidelines of the G20 summit, Macron told Xi that they should "join forces to respond to... international crises such as Russia's war in Ukraine."

Xi made no mention of the conflict in his opening remarks, calling more broadly for the two countries to "uphold the spirit of independence, autonomy, openness and cooperation".

This is President Xi's second overseas trip since the pandemic, and so far he has had much of the spotlight on Bali – with officials lining up for face-to-face talks with the leader of the world's second largest economy.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will meet China's leader later Tuesday, and Britain's new prime minister Rishi Sunak has also said he looks forward to talking to Xi.

We got a little more detail on Cambodia's prime minister, Hun Sen, who has canceled the G20 meeting after testing positive for Covid.

His positive test came before scheduled meetings with French President Emmanuel Macron and Chinese Leader Xi Jingping - but after he hosted more than a dozen world leaders, including US President Joe Biden, at the Asean summit in Phnom Penh.

At the summit that ended Sunday, Hun Sen met with eight leaders of Southeast Asian countries as well as leaders of the United States, China, Japan, Australia and Canada.

In a Facebook post, he said he had been tested every day, including before flying to the G20 in Bali, and all the results were negative.

I'm not sure when this virus came to me, but when I arrived, the Indonesian took a sample from me at night, and in the morning tested positive for Covid-19.

He said it was "lucky" that he arrived in Bali late and missed dinner with the other leaders and that for security reasons the Cambodian delegation would be home on Tuesday.

Reports that G20 will issue statement to "condemn Russia's war in Ukraine"

The G20 will reportedly issue a final statement at the meeting in which "most" members will strongly condemn Russia's war against Ukraine, a senior US official has said.

"I think you'll see most of the G20 members make it clear that they condemn Russia's war in Ukraine, that they see Russia's war in Ukraine as the main source of enormous economic and humanitarian suffering in the world," the official told reporters. , according to Agence France-Presse.

The statement, which will be issued at the end of this week's summit in Bali, will show that the G20 is "absolutely isolating Russia" - a member of the world's largest group of economies.

The official would not say how many countries would not join the condemnation, or how diplomats would structure the unanimous declaration in the document, issued by all member states.

The US official said, "Russia's war of aggression... is being condemned in the strongest possible terms."

The G20 leaders are now in a closed working group, we expect them to show up for lunch around 12.30 local time.

These working groups are important – and what happens in them will contribute to the communique at the end of the summit – but the eyes of the world are focused on the bilateral meetings taking place on the summit side.

Yesterday, Xi Jinping of China met with president Joe Biden; their first face-to-face meeting as leaders.

This morning, Xi met with French president Emmanuel Macron, and he will meet Australia's prime minister, Anthony Albanese, today.

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak met his Canadian counterpart for a casual dinner at a Balinese restaurant on Monday evening.

Anthony Albanese met the host of the summit, Joko Widodo, on Monday evening. The Indonesian president is one of the first foreign leaders Alba meets after becoming prime minister in May.

Indonesian president says world "shouldn't fall into cold war again"

President Joko Widodo has called for unity at the opening of the G20 summit, and said the assembled leaders must not let the world fall into the cold war again.

His remarks are likely to be construed as commentary on the impact Russia's war in Ukraine would have on the wider global economy.

Without referring directly to the war in Ukraine, he said that if the war did not end, it would be difficult for the world to move forward.

Indonesia has tried its best to bridge the vast differences. We have no other choice, collaboration is urgently needed.

Now that the President of Indonesia has opened the summit, the first working session between world leaders will begin.

This session is closed to media.

This morning's meeting will discuss food and energy security. This is a theme driven by Indonesia as the host of the summit, with a particular focus on support for low- and middle-income countries.

Indonesian President officially opens the G20 Summit

President Joko Widodo opened the summit with a speech before the assembled world leaders.

He said that the "eyes of the world were focused" on their meeting.

Adding that the G20 meeting "must be successful", Widodo said the world is facing "crisis after crisis, sharpening competition."

“The world is facing tremendous challenges,” said the Indonesian president, and the impact was felt, “very strongly on food and energy supplies.”

US President Joe Biden has just arrived at the opening of the G20 in Bali.

He was greeted by the President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, who then accompanied the President to the main hall where the summit was held.

Now that he had arrived, the first working session of the Summit was about to begin. It is in these meetings that the official G20 issues will be discussed by world leaders.

They will then take a break at around 12:30 local time for lunch, before regrouping in the afternoon for a second work session which will be closed to the press.

The UK has announced it will spend $4.9 billion on five new Navy ships to enhance security "in the face of a growing Russian threat".

The announcement comes with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak set to kick off the first day of his official event at the G20 summit in Bali.

A statement from Downing Street reads:

Russia's actions put us all in danger. While we provide the Ukrainian people with the support they need, we also draw on the breadth and depth of British expertise to protect ourselves and our allies. This included building the next generation of British warships.

The expenditure is the next stage in the program where three ships are already under construction. The eight frigates are expected to be completed by the mid-2030s, the statement said.

Quick snap of Joe Biden here ahead of the US president's arrival.

Biden posted a series of tweets this morning noting the series of diplomatic meetings that have taken place over the past few days.

This week's trip has brought together the broadest possible coalition of partners to tackle this moment of great global challenge — from global inflation, to the climate crisis, to Russia's brutal war against Ukraine.

At the G20 meeting, we will talk about issues that are important to people's lives, not only at home but around the world. This forum is vital for the world's largest economy to work together for the good of people everywhere, and I look forward to meeting it."

Xi Jinping has just been seen entering the main venue for today's talks.

The Chinese leader and his US counterpart Joe Biden held their first face-to-face meeting as leaders yesterday, in a bid to ease tensions over Taiwan and trade that have sent US-China relations to their lowest level in decades.

Biden said he did not believe China had an "imminent" plan to attack Taiwan, but objected to "coercive and increasingly aggressive actions" against the island in his first face-to-face meeting with Xi Jinping since they became leaders.

Biden also said he and the Chinese leader have been "frank and clear" with each other on everything from Taiwan to trade.

The meeting, which lasted more than three hours, was seen as an attempt to de-escalate tensions that have brought US-China relations to their lowest point in decades.

Biden said he "absolutely believes" that a new cold war with China can be avoided, adding that he does not believe there is an "immediate attempt on the Chinese side to attack Taiwan".

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has also arrived for the anticipated talks this morning.

His participation in the summit comes at a time of strained relations with the United States over energy supplies and the Russia-Ukraine conflict alongside US concerns over growing Gulf relations with China, whose president will visit Saudi Arabia.

Zelenskiy responds to Biden-Xi . meeting

Volodymyr Zelenskiy welcomed criticism over the threat to use nuclear weapons, made during a meeting between Joe Biden and Xi Jinping on Monday.

According to the White House, Biden and Xi "underlined their opposition to the use or threat of using nuclear weapons in Ukraine," at their meeting on Monday.

A reading of the meeting on China's foreign ministry website did not use the word "nuclear" but said: "Conflicts and wars do not produce winners ... and ... confrontations between major powers should be avoided."

Zelenskiy welcomed this statement, saying: "It is important for the United States and China to jointly highlight that the threat of the use of nuclear weapons is unacceptable."

He added, "Everyone understands who these words are aimed at."

Russia's foreign minister and representative for Vladimir Putin, Sergei Lavrov, is making his way to the summit right now.

Putin said he would not attend a meeting of leaders from the G20 nations in Bali, Indonesian and Russian officials confirmed last week, ending weeks of speculation about a possible confrontation with US president, Joe Biden.

The Russian president will be represented by his veteran foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, officials said. “President Putin's program is still being worked on; he can participate virtually,” said Yulia Tomskaya, head of protocol as the Russian embassy in Indonesia. Putin may want to avoid a potentially explosive showdown with western leaders including Biden, events the Russian media may not be able to pan out in his favour.

The Prime Minister of Cambodia, Hun Sen, has canceled the meeting he was due to attend the G20 summit in Bali after testing positive for Covid-19, according to a statement posted on his Facebook page this morning.

Hun Sen, currently chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), had tested positive before he held any meetings including those scheduled with French president Emmanuel Macron and Chinese leader Xi Jingping, the statement said.

Hun Sen said he would not attend "for the safety of the delegates attending the meeting".

He also hosted a summit of ASEAN and global leaders which ended on Sunday in Cambodia.

Leaders are starting to arrive

It was 9am in Bali and leaders of the G20 major economies had already started arriving at the main venue for the start of the summit.

There were official topics on the agenda for the day and most of them were hosted by the summit's host, Indonesia.

Energy security and a clean energy transition for low- and middle-income countries are top priorities right now. Global health security will also be discussed.

However, it is likely the talks will be overshadowed by discussions about Russia's war in Ukraine and soaring global inflation.

This morning, European Council President Charles Michel told reporters that the G20 was an opportunity to "Convince all partners to put more pressure on Russia".

The President of Ukraine will address the G20 meeting

The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, will address the G20 Summit in Bali today.

Zelenskiy is likely to use the address to highlight the way Russia is holding tens of thousands of Ukrainians hostage by transporting them to Russia.

Russian President, Vladimir Putin, did not travel to the leaders' meeting but was represented by his foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov.

On Monday, US president Joe Biden met his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in their first face-to-face meeting as leaders. According to White House statements at the meeting, the two leaders expressed concern over Moscow's nuclear threat.

The US reading said that "nuclear war must not be fought" and cannot be won, and they "underlined their opposition to the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine".

Summary and welcome

Hello and welcome to live coverage of the G20 Summit in Bali. I'm Jonathan Yerushalmy and I'll bring you all the latest as it unfolds in the coming hours.

Leaders of the G20 countries – the world's major economies – will gather in Bali, Indonesia, for the annual summit which was overshadowed by Russia's presence during its war in Ukraine. Although President Vladimir Putin has stepped down, Russia is being represented by the veteran foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov.

The Group of 20 – made up of 19 countries plus the European Union – accounts for nearly two-thirds of the global population, 85% of world economic output and 75% of world trade.

As of 2022, there are 20 members in the group: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States , and the European Union.

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